Newborn kittens receive disease fighting antibodies in their mother’s milk. However, these antibodies start to decrease at about the 6 week mark. After that your kitten requires vaccinations to stimulate their immune systems to produce their own antibodies.
At Chinook Country Veterinary Clinic we recommend that kittens receive vaccines at the 6-8 week mark, and then need to receive a booster at the 10-12 week mark and again at 14-26 week mark.
At their first visit, 6-8 weeks of age, your kitten will receive a full health exam and be vaccinated against Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia. As well our health care team will deworm your pet. Our protocol for deworming your animal is every 2 weeks until they are 3 months of age, then every month until they are 6 months of age, then every 3-4 months for life. A member of our Health Care Team will also take the time in this visit to discuss any concerns you may have in regards to your kitten’s diet, as well they will discuss neutering, socialization, scratching posts, litter training and any risks that may occur when traveling. If you have young children, elderly people in your home or any additional health concerns in your home you may wish to discuss them with the Veterinarian at this time.
At their next visit, 10-12 weeks of age, our veterinarians will again perform a complete health exam, an exam must performed each time the animal is vaccinated as kittens just like babies change so much in the first few months of growth. After the health exam the Veterinarian will then booster your animal’s vaccination against Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, and Panleukopenia vaccines these vaccines will now not require a booster vaccine for 3 years (if all vaccines were performed with us, if a different type of vaccine was used initially this may alter your particular pet’s vaccine schedule). Your Kitten will also be vaccinated against Feline Leukemia. At this visit a member of our Health Care Team will discuss any questions you have regarding your kittens well being and any issues you may have with house training, or any genetic concerns with the breed of your kitten. If you are choosing to use your kitten as breeding stock we may discuss information in regards to the likelihood of c-sections, bloodwork need for pre-breeding screens.
During the third visit, 14-16 weeks of age, our veterinarians will again perform a complete health exam. They will then administer booster vaccines to your kitten for Feline Leukemia, and your pet will also be vaccinated against Rabies at this visit. These vaccines will require annual boosters. A member of our Health Care Team will also discuss in this visit dental care, grooming, long term maintenance, and re-visit the topics of neutering and training. We also give you some pre-surgical information to review prior to your pet’s for neutering.
The next time we should see your pet should be when they are 5-6 months of age for their neutering. We recommend this unless you are using your pet for breeding.